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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Beacoup joie de vivre means "the healthy enjoyment of life." With the loss of my dear father last January, the past year was difficult. I hope that creating this blog will help me in my quest to work a little less, enjoy life more, and treasure the truly important things.


  1. You made it one year. Have you made a scrapbook on your dad? I did that for my late husband and it was very theraputic.

  2. I've done several scrapbooks for my parents but not one specifically on my dad. That's a great idea and thank you for that. I made a scrapbook calendar for my mom this Christmas. There are 12 grandchildren so I highlighted a grandchild each month.

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  5. The retired English teacher that I am makes me want to keep correcting. Hence I removed the two comments above.

    I have made one of those family photo calendars also.

    Life is so short we realize when we lose a loved one. That is why I am cherishing the time with my current husband. See my blogs.

    Here is part of the scrapbook poem I wrote for my late husband who died the day after Christmas in 1992.

    "I didn't get to say good-bye to you
    Because I didn't know you were going. . .
    You always responded to us
    The silence hangs now. . .
    We all have to say good-bye
    Treasure the memories
    Uncork the tears
    But we didn't get to say good-bye. . .
    In heaven I will say hello again
    And then, maybe, it won't matter
    That I didn't get to say good-bye."

    I realize now that my scrapbook did help me say good-bye and that I have a new life now with new adventures.

    Also, I had the privilege of speaking about my Dad before he died. The tape of that speech was played at his funeral, but he got to hear it while he lived.


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